Twin brothers Matthew and Nathan Davis have run together since they were in the seventh grade, and they saw no reason to change that as they head off to college.

Twin brothers Matthew and Nathan Davis have run together since they were in the seventh grade, and they saw no reason to change that as they head off to college.

Both are seniors at Upper Arlington High School and both signed Nov. 13 to compete in track and field in college at Miami University.

"We debated whether we wanted to go to the same college or not," said Nathan, who was eighth in the 400 meters (48.98 seconds) at the Division I state meet last season. "It turned out to be kind of important to us. That way we could watch each other's backs."

"I heard about their program through some of my relatives," Matthew said. "The fact they were Division I really caught our attention."

Nine other seniors at UA signed Nov. 13. The others were Rob Brewer (Winthrop, baseball), Alex Drake (Lehigh, men's lacrosse), Thomas Dugger (Stevens Institute of Technology, men's lacrosse), Phil Gross (Yale, men's lacrosse), Alle Pacetta (Dayton, women's soccer), Corrine Wulf (Messiah, women's soccer), Madeline Armitage (Denison, women's swimming), Darcy Fishback (Auburn, women's swimming) and Jennifer Warmolts (Miami, women's swimming).

The boys lacrosse team and the girls swimming and diving team won Division I state championships last season. The girls soccer team lost in a Division I state semifinal earlier this month.

"You have all these kids heading to schools throughout the nation," athletics director Chris Potts said. "I don't think you're going to find too many schools that have a group like this."

At the state meet last season, Fishback won the 100-yard butterfly (state-record 53.85) and was part of state records in the 200 freestyle (1:35.08) and 200 medley (1:44.47) relays.

Auburn has won five of the last seven national championships and finished second in 2005. It ranks third all-time in NCAA championships with five, behind Stanford (8) and Texas (7).

"Auburn has always been sort of a swimming mecca," Fishback said. "It's intimidating, but it's exciting to know I will be part of that."

Drake -- who was named as the Offensive Most Valuable Player of the state tournament last season -- Dugger and Gross continued a string of lacrosse players who have made early commitments. Drake will join UA graduate Max Copelan at Lehigh. The Mountain Hawks finished 6-9 last season.

"Max talks a lot about the program, so I sent a letter to the coaches and they gave me a pretty good offer. I couldn't turn it down," Drake said. "Knowing someone who is already there is going to be to my advantage."

Pacetta, a defender, is headed someplace familiar. Her father, Frank, and her brother, Frankie, attended Dayton.

Pacetta will join Kathleen Beljan, a junior midfielder and defender from Hilliard Davidson, and Brittany Persaud, a freshman midfielder and forward from Westerville North, on the team. The Flyers finished 15-6-1 after losing to Charlotte 1-0 in the Atlantic 10 championship Nov. 7.

"Not a lot of kids go there from UA, but I loved everything about the campus," Pacetta said. "I wouldn't say there was a real comfort zone with Dayton, but I'm familiar with where everything is."

Wulf had Division I offers from West Point and Morehead State, but chose Messiah. She discovered the school after her sister, Callie, was injured playing soccer for Ohio Wesleyan and was looking to transfer. Callie decided on Hope College, but also considered Messiah.

The Blue Jays won the national championship three years ago and have advanced to semifinals five times. Messiah, ranked second nationally, captured its seventh MAC-Commonwealth title in eight years by defeating Elizabethtown 2-0 on Nov. 8.